Saturday, September 28, 2013

St George in JUNE?!?!

That is right folks. I went to St George in June...it was WARM! Seriously Warm! It was 113 pretty much the entire time I was there. Night and Day. I should have melted. Luckily it was too dry for that. 
I drove down there and met up with these 2 cuties: Tierney and Joy. They drove up from Phoenix, so for them it was probably a nice break from the heat.
This was the purpose of our visit. We  saw Mary Poppins the first night and Mulan the second night. Both shows were great, but I LOVED Mary Poppins! It was AMAZING!
All of these pictures are in no particular order. We fit in quite a bit into a small amount of time.
Here we are fueling up one morning. We did some shopping and I picked up a cute dress and lots of nail polish. Oh and we all got new sunglasses (see below).
We headed out to Zion's to check out the scene's. We did most of our sightseeing from the car from the heat, but it was beautiful none the less.
Here were are me and my Cousin! in a very very beautiful place. It kinda looks like I photoshopped those mountains in the back in, but I didn't that was really there.
This one looks like Tierney Photobombed this photo. She was suppose to be there though. I assure you. 
We got sucked into this little tourist trap. It was a fun little place.
Like a pro.
This was outside a trading post, where I bought the most Amazing ring.
At some point we went and jumped in a lake. We went to Gunlock, I lured them there with promises of a cool river to play in. It was unfortunately dried up so instead we swam in the lake. Which was still quite fun and refreshing. 
This is a perfect description of our relationship. Cute little Tierney.
Such a fun weekend. I should make them do that again. I wonder what is playing at Tuacahn next year! I should probably go in the spring or fall though. Cause middle Summer was just TOO Hot!

GIRLS CAMP!

I got to go to Girls Camp again! It was so much fun! The perks of working with the Young Women. I will say that I had some trouble remembering that I was a leader though. I blame the Young Women's President, she was my Young Women's President  when I was in Young Women's. It is really fun though.
This is a cute picture of the Beehives when we got to camp. 
Then buckle up for some classic around the campfire shots
One of the Greatest Parts was that we all had Ukelele's. It was so much fun. We all decorated our own. I made the mistake of ordering a black one. I don't know what I was thinking. Everyone else had these fun colorful Uke's and I had a boring black one. So I added polka dots!
These ladies REALLY wanted to go down the river. That would come later. Sadly I missed the rest of the activities the first day, I had to leave for a little bit to go to school. So I missed a real fun game and a pretty awesome craft project.
In the mornings we had devotionals at the amphitheater they were all great. The Laurels did a great job with them. Our fearless Camp Director (that would be the Bee on the left) had some great Bee puns for us. 
We also had some memorable flag ceremonies We even had all the value colors for when we said the theme. Then there were skits, of course you know there will be skits at girls camp. This year they had to do it in song form. 
They were pretty dang AMAZING!
Then we had the Stake Presidency come out. They had a song prepared and it was pretty AWESOME!
They sang "You Don't Know You're Beautiful" the girls LOVED it!
They even had some groupies up front dancing with them.
This activity was mine. I spent a long time with it, and I was so happy with how it turned out. It was a Amazing Race/Survivor type of race. The girls had to complete a task that had to do with each of the Young Women's values and once they gathered all the values they could go to the temple. It was really fun.
This ropes course took me forever to set up, but it was so worth it. This was hilarious to watch.
This here is the winning team. They were so great. 
We finally made it down to the river. It was fun to watch them. I was the catcher at the end of the river. It was a interesting job. Mostly because the camp host guy came down and yelled at me for being the only one in the river and being too far down. Then he said there were people coming now so I had to walk upstream to stop them earlier. Well it was VERY cold, and VERY deep. So I had quite the swim. 
More Ukelele Fun!
This was just about the most precious moment ever. We were having a devotional, and our cooks had to head off to get our lunch ready and they walked off hand in hand. It was SO precious!
Time to go. The girls were wheeling the bishop around. 
All in all it was Wonderful! I am so glad that I got the opportunity to go this year! 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Riggy Duggars; An Unexpected Journey

This is the true story of a wonderful bird that I once knew. Riggy Duggars came to me as a baby, through a dear friend as a Birthday present. Riggy and I got along quite well. I taught him some nifty little whistles and he would keep me company by sitting on my shoulder. I loved this little bird so very much.
After a long period of peaceful bliss, Riggy and I suffered through an extremely traumatic event involving unfortunate timing, my Brother, and size 11's. After the initial devastation and  two bird sized leg casts, we became closer than ever during his convalescence. We would spend a lot of time watching our stories, kicked back with him sitting on my neck. There were a few other close calls involving a ceiling fan and a very clean window, but we both managed to make it though those with minor injuries. Everything seemed to be going fine, we had a brief 5 month separation when I went to Russia, but when I came home we were instantly friends again. He continued to do his specialty whistles, and he would perch on my shoulder and put his head under my chin for cuddles, everything seemed to be perfect.

Then the unthinkable happened. Someone having no notion of the fact that Riggy had decided to perch on his back, walked outside during a storm. Riggy being the indoor, coddled bird that he was frightened by this change and flew off to take cover. Sadly he flew in a strange wind and it carried him far away. No mater how hard I tried to find my Beloved Riggy, it was too late he was gone. Everyone told me he was gone forever, but I always told them that he was alive and someone found him and he was making someone else happy. At which point they looked at me with pity.

It had been 8 years without my Riggy Duggars. I still thought about that lovely bird and always wondered what really happened to him. One day My Mother out visiting a woman in our ward got to talking about pets. Somehow the topic of Riggy came up and the woman related the following story:

"On a stormy day I went outside and there was a bird sitting on my fence, he looked like a house bird so I put out my finger and he flew right to me and landed on it. I took him inside and didn't know what to do with the poor thing. I called over a neighbor girl who was quite found of animals and asked if she wanted him, she did and she took him, and I didn't think much more about him." 

After some Q&A my Mother found out that this was right around the time that our Riggy had gone missing and he fit the same description. 

My Mother wanting to get to the bottom of this went to this girls house to get more of this story. She related the following: 

"She had the sweetest bird for the last 8 years, he could whistle and he would sit on your shoulder and put his head under your neck. I couldn't keep him any longer so I just sold him 3 weeks ago to a young girl" 

After more questioning and descriptions my Mother came to the conclusion that it must indeed be the very same Riggy Duggars, alive and well, making many other people happy. All those doubters be shamed. 

So here is his story thus far. RIGGY DUGGARS LIVES! We are trying to work out a visitation of some kind so we can see that little rascal again. 

Riggy Duggars...lives to whistle another day.